In the process of helping people gain employment, Tatum Sherman, the founder of a staff recruitment firm called Resource Referral, has witnessed people being declared redundant by their employers.
Job redundancy, sometimes called staff retrenchment, is an issue that an increasing number of employers have to deal with because of an economy that’s increasingly unpredictable, and constant changes in technology. Here’s what you should know:
- Redundancy occurs when an employer dismisses an employee from a job, usually to reduce their workforce. Although the aim may be to reduce costs, staff may be dismissed when a company introduces new technology, slows down production or closes down due to bankruptcy.
- A dismissal is genuine when a person’s job is not being taken over by anyone else. The employer must also demonstrate consistency by not dismissing staff in a discriminative manner. In addition, the employer must consult with employees about the redundancy as stipulated in the contractual agreement. If the employer hires someone else to do the job or does not follow laid down procedures, the dismissal is not genuine and the affected employees can file an unfair dismissal claim in a court of law.
If you are made redundant, you might be eligible for a number of rights that include:
- A notice period
- Redundancy pay
- Time off to allow you to find alternative employment
- The option to move into a different position within the company
Tatum Sherman has helped people find alternative jobs after losing jobs due to a host of reasons.